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College Senior Profile - India [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2007, 19:17
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Please evaluate my chances!

I intend to apply in R1 to HBS, Stanford GSB, Chicago GSB and Wharton as a college senior from India. Open to deferred admission.

As a StartingBloc Fellow, I can be considered for early deferred admissions to MBA programs at MIT Sloan and Duke Fuqua (Application: next March). This is my fallback incase the earlier applications are not successful.

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-Age: 21
-Interest at the intersection of economics, business and development

-StartingBloc Fellowship – Only undergraduate student from India selected as one of 96 young leaders from 25 countries to become a StartingBloc Fellow, and to participate in the Summer 2007 Global Institute for Social Innovation at London Business School. StartingBloc, created in partnership with MIT Sloan School of Management is the first and only U.S.A. based 501c3 to educate youth on corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship. [Using this experience in my essays to explain dealing with culture shock, and contributing to a diverse class with much older participants]

-(Internship at MIT start-up working to improve the quality of education at a grassroots level in India): Worked closely with CEO on a business case that aims at positively impacting lives of 3.5 million children. Participated in strategy meeting with 10 Ashoka Fellows; Wrote development related articles and 2 papers on private enterprise in education - one accepted by MIT journal; hope to have the second (on education data from microfinance clients) accepted before appln. Managed application for an international business plan competition. Currently leading a university initiative across four premier Indian universities.

[I will soon begin work on a paper on the role on public-private partnership in education for the Government of India. Really not sure how to bring this into the application]

-World Resources Institute: Staff Writer - Only undergraduate and only Asian contributor to blog, documenting and analyzing success stories of sustainable business models aimed at the world's poorest citizens (7 months) [I got this opportunity of my own initiative - I believe that a person in India is well placed to provide a firsthand perspective on green enterprise]

-Sun Microsystems (7 months) – Campus Ambassador for my university. Responsible for propagating open source technologies among peers and faculty.

-Family owned HR consulting firm (6 yrs; informal). Early exposure to entrepreneurship and startup environment. Provided marketing material, web site design and participated in strategic decisions

-Elected by peers as Class Representative & Member - Students Union for two consecutive years in 2006-07, 2007-08.

-Essay on micro-financiers partnering for financial literacy adjudged amongst best in India by a leading Indian B School

-Founded Students Club for Grassroots Innovation with National Innovation Foundation at my univ. to provide engineering students an opportunity to use their skills for social impact

-National Talent Search Scholar at state level

-By application deadline, will have helped frame fund raising document for an HBS education non-profit. This could help them in their aim of raising $1m over the next few years - to set up schools for poor communities.

Engineering - GPA: 8.25 on 10; GMAT in end Sep (expect to score around 710-730)
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Re: College Senior Profile - India [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2007, 20:47
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Please evaluate my chances!

I intend to apply in R1 to HBS, Stanford GSB, Chicago GSB and Wharton as a college senior from India. Open to deferred admission.

As a StartingBloc Fellow, I can be considered for early deferred admissions to MBA programs at MIT Sloan and Duke Fuqua (Application: next March). This is my fallback incase the earlier applications are not successful.

Profile:
-Age: 21
-Interest at the intersection of economics, business and development

-StartingBloc Fellowship – Only undergraduate student from India selected as one of 96 young leaders from 25 countries to become a StartingBloc Fellow, and to participate in the Summer 2007 Global Institute for Social Innovation at London Business School. StartingBloc, created in partnership with MIT Sloan School of Management is the first and only U.S.A. based 501c3 to educate youth on corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship. [Using this experience in my essays to explain dealing with culture shock, and contributing to a diverse class with much older participants]

-(Internship at MIT start-up working to improve the quality of education at a grassroots level in India): Worked closely with CEO on a business case that aims at positively impacting lives of 3.5 million children. Participated in strategy meeting with 10 Ashoka Fellows; Wrote development related articles and 2 papers on private enterprise in education - one accepted by MIT journal; hope to have the second (on education data from microfinance clients) accepted before appln. Managed application for an international business plan competition. Currently leading a university initiative across four premier Indian universities.

[I will soon begin work on a paper on the role on public-private partnership in education for the Government of India. Really not sure how to bring this into the application]

-World Resources Institute: Staff Writer - Only undergraduate and only Asian contributor to blog, documenting and analyzing success stories of sustainable business models aimed at the world's poorest citizens (7 months) [I got this opportunity of my own initiative - I believe that a person in India is well placed to provide a firsthand perspective on green enterprise]

-Sun Microsystems (7 months) – Campus Ambassador for my university. Responsible for propagating open source technologies among peers and faculty.

-Family owned HR consulting firm (6 yrs; informal). Early exposure to entrepreneurship and startup environment. Provided marketing material, web site design and participated in strategic decisions

-Elected by peers as Class Representative & Member - Students Union for two consecutive years in 2006-07, 2007-08.

-Essay on micro-financiers partnering for financial literacy adjudged amongst best in India by a leading Indian B School

-Founded Students Club for Grassroots Innovation with National Innovation Foundation at my univ. to provide engineering students an opportunity to use their skills for social impact

-National Talent Search Scholar at state level

-By application deadline, will have helped frame fund raising document for an HBS education non-profit. This could help them in their aim of raising $1m over the next few years - to set up schools for poor communities.

Engineering - GPA: 8.25 on 10; GMAT in end Sep (expect to score around 710-730)


collegesenior,

Well, I think your chances look good even at HBS and Stanford. You are the kind of outstanding young applicant that all top schools will make the work-experience exception for. Keep doing what you're doing. Even if you get dinged you'll only be stronger the next time around.

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 [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2007, 02:48
Thank you.

A follow-up question, if I may:
How can we, in our applications, speak about current assignments - which have not yet reached fruition, but could make positive impact in the next 3-6 months? In which section do we mention these?
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2007, 20:45
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Thank you.

A follow-up question, if I may:
How can we, in our applications, speak about current assignments - which have not yet reached fruition, but could make positive impact in the next 3-6 months? In which section do we mention these?


collegesenior,

Depening on what kind of "assignments" you have in mind and to what length you want to speak about them they could go in your essays, in your reco letters, or in the data section of your application. As long as you are already involved in them there's no reason to leave them out of the application, but all you can do about the positive future impact is mention is an expected or hoped-for result. You can't really flesh it out because it may not happen and schools won't give you much credit for that which hasn't yet transpired.

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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2007, 02:06
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2007, 03:43
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In India, which Engg. school u from???

As i'm also from top Indian engg. school so..........just curious!
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Congrats on the 770--not too bad of a score. :)

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Please evaluate my profile(College Senior from India at IIT) [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 15:43
I'm average at academics(with my gpa as 3/4) but my strong point is research,I've an int'l journal publication in the field of bioengg. at an early age of 20...and also I was selected by the govt of India amongst India's top 16 innovators(as u know innovation is a skill of prime importance in business) for the yr 2006-07..... Socially,I'm a conscious person....I work as a volunteer for an NGO and I'm endeavouring with my colleagues to open up an institution based on social entrepreneurship.Simultaneously,I've a business plan ready and wish to launch my company soon(my own small startup) with a couple of friends.I've participated in b-plan competitions at national level and won them....also I've taken a lot of leadership roles at my college in the form of sectretaries of various clubs and organizing various events,festivals etc.....

My hobbies include music and photography.I play drums for a local band.Also,I constantly do astrophotography,and we're the first amateur student organisation to get the results published in astro journals. Our photography club's photos are also printed regularly by magazines.The club is headed by me for the past one yr.Also under my leadership,the club for the first time utilised its resources for a social cause,to help an ngo which was not even thought of before.

I've had int'l experiences...was chosen amongst top 5 candidates to be sent for a student exchange prog to singapore.Also,did my internship at europe.

member of entrepreneurship clubs and ngos...and work for them.Also started local chapter at my university(IIT),so was the first one to take initiative in this regard.

Apart from it.....
I was also chosen as the student advisor to my current batch.

I'm a member of the student senate which is the highest student decision making body at our institute.

Though I dont have any further work ex...i wish to apply under the college seniors category at schools like Chicago GSB,HBS,Stan etc.
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I'm average at academics(with my gpa as 3/4) but my strong point is research,I've an int'l journal publication in the field of bioengg. at an early age of 20...and also I was selected by the govt of India amongst India's top 16 innovators(as u know innovation is a skill of prime importance in business) for the yr 2006-07..... Socially,I'm a conscious person....I work as a volunteer for an NGO and I'm endeavouring with my colleagues to open up an institution based on social entrepreneurship.Simultaneously,I've a business plan ready and wish to launch my company soon(my own small startup) with a couple of friends.I've participated in b-plan competitions at national level and won them....also I've taken a lot of leadership roles at my college in the form of sectretaries of various clubs and organizing various events,festivals etc.....

My hobbies include music and photography.I play drums for a local band.Also,I constantly do astrophotography,and we're the first amateur student organisation to get the results published in astro journals. Our photography club's photos are also printed regularly by magazines.The club is headed by me for the past one yr.Also under my leadership,the club for the first time utilised its resources for a social cause,to help an ngo which was not even thought of before.

I've had int'l experiences...was chosen amongst top 5 candidates to be sent for a student exchange prog to singapore.Also,did my internship at europe.

member of entrepreneurship clubs and ngos...and work for them.Also started local chapter at my university(IIT),so was the first one to take initiative in this regard.

Apart from it.....
I was also chosen as the student advisor to my current batch.

I'm a member of the student senate which is the highest student decision making body at our institute.

Though I dont have any further work ex...i wish to apply under the college seniors category at schools like Chicago GSB,HBS,Stan etc.


Aniruddh,

I think it will be difficult frankly you for you to get into the MBA programs of the very top U.S. schools if you are applying straight out of an Indian undergraduate program. Even with a very high GMAT score I think they would want to see work experience and perhaps international experience. You have an excellent profile and should make a competitive applicant at top schools some day, but I recommend getting some work experience under your belt first.

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 [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2007, 20:21
Paul,

Thanks a lot for your evaluation but I was thinking to apply under the "college seniors" category.I assume the college seniors who apply to top schools don't have a full time work ex except from their internships and other extra curricular stuff!

HBS ,as u might be knowing ,takes some 15 students every year who are college seniors.........if my profile is not good enuf for such a program....whr can i make my application stronger?

Thanx for ur time in advance.

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Paul,

Thanks a lot for your evaluation but I was thinking to apply under the "college seniors" category.I assume the college seniors who apply to top schools don't have a full time work ex except from their internships and other extra curricular stuff!

HBS ,as u might be knowing ,takes some 15 students every year who are college seniors.........if my profile is not good enuf for such a program....whr can i make my application stronger?

Thanx for ur time in advance.

Aniruddh


Aniruddh,

I don't think there is anything you can do at this point to make your application to HBS stronger if your plan is to get admitted there from college. You have the profile of an achiever but it is not unusual. IMO, the 15 college seniors who get into HBS are probably not only super-achievers but also have quite distinctive backgrounds. I'll also bet that most of those 15 went to U.S. undergraduate schools. But if you want to apply, by all means fire away.

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Paul,

If not HBS...which schools do you think will suit my profile as safety schools and which schools will be long-shotish?
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Paul,

If not HBS...which schools do you think will suit my profile as safety schools and which schools will be long-shotish?


Aniruddh Jain,

The following B-schools all admit unusually high (as high as ~13%) percentages of applicants with 1 year or less of work experience: Wake Forest, Rochester, Purdue, Toronto, Illinois, Carnegie Mellon, Vanderbilt.

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